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the start of summer (plus a sale)

the start of summer (plus a sale)

July 6, 2017 |  Category:   life parenting

First things first: we're having a 20% off marshmallow sale on our site until July 10th (use code: MARSHMALLOWS) and on Etsy (sale prices as marked). Summers always make me think of campfires (one of my favorite nostalgic smells ever), and no campfire experience is complete without roasting marshmallows on sticks gathered in the woods. It's summer. Now that July is here and we've settled into our schedule of camps for the kids and (hopefully) a slower pace for us during the summer months, I'm hoping to pick up the projects that I had to set aside for the last 2 months. June was one of those "heads down and work" kind of months for both… CONTINUE READING

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

May 11, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

I’ve been really enjoying this spring season after what felt like a winter spent in hibernation. It’s just way too easy when you’re working from home to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. The number of consecutive days I’ve spent doing that is just way too embarrassing a number to admit to anyone, let alone myself, but making an effort to get out of the apartment has been well worth it these days when you’re rewarded with all the flowers of spring. For a few weeks, New York City is swathed in fluffs of pink. Then, all the tiny buds on trees begin their life cycle and dot the branches with green haze like a pointillist painting… CONTINUE READING

Spring. At last.

Spring. At last.

April 5, 2017 |  Category:   life

Lighter days ahead in more ways than one. At least that’s where I hope we’re headed in the coming months. Current politics aside, it seems like this winter was a dark one for many. I suspect part of that is getting older and all the stuff that comes with it. Seems like many of my friends – ourselves included – are dealing with issues around elderly parents. Also on the forefront of our minds is career uncertainty because of ageism in certain fields (like ours). The retail landscape and business is also changing and we’re constantly trying to adapt. Reinventing yourself multiple times in your lifetime is now the norm. And even though it’s still years away (but really, not… CONTINUE READING

March.

March.

March 14, 2017 |  Category:   art + design life

I’ve made it no secret that March is my least favorite month. Spring can’t come soon enough and the balance of everything, it seems, hangs ever so precariously during this month. It happens every year, which is odd – some sort of rhythmic cycle that I can’t make sense of. While some things are out of my control, I’ve been staying creative to keep myself grounded. Picked up drawing again (will post those at a later date) and have been keeping up the daily habit of drawing every day (usually late at night), A few months ago, I also started playing around with digital collages. Coincidentally, this is exactly how I taught myself photoshop in the mid-90s when Photoshop was… CONTINUE READING

immigration stories, and on being the first

immigration stories, and on being the first

February 24, 2017 |  Category:   family growing up half life remembering

I shared this image that I created on Instagram last week a few days after my grandmother died. She was 94 when she passed away and lived a far longer life than I think anyone would have expected, given that she outlived pretty much all her peers. Still, as ready as she was to go, a death of a loved one – whether or not we are prepared for it – is always hard. We’ve lost quite a few family members over the last few years and the girls have gone to more funerals than I ever have at that age. Death was such an abstract concept to me as a child because I never experienced that kind of loss… CONTINUE READING

A birthday snow day

A birthday snow day

February 10, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc

A rare snow day for NYC public schools yesterday was a good reason for all of us to play hooky and take the day off, especially since we were celebrating a 13th birthday. The kid always wanted a snow day for her birthday. What better age to have your wish granted than the one where you enter teenagedom? This snow storm was pretty tame compared to ones we’ve had before, and the girls have certainly walked to school in much worse conditions. Snow days in NYC are pretty rare. When we got outside, we saw that the streets were efficiently plowed and public transportation was running delightfully smooth and on time. But honestly, I think perhaps the mayor was feeling… CONTINUE READING

Why did I march?

Why did I march?

January 27, 2017 |  Category:   life

I’m sure you’ve seen the hashtag #WhyIMarch circulating around social media. It’s a simple question, but one that really did make me think about my motivation to head down to D.C. last Saturday. And it was an immediate, almost knee-jerk reaction. Right when I saw the post about a march circulating around Facebook soon after the election results were final, I knew I was headed down to Washington. I admit to growing quite cynical after being an activist and frequent marcher of many protests, including one in D.C. during my early college years. When I left New York to finish college in the Northwest, I sort of left that part of my life behind, along with a lot of other… CONTINUE READING

And finally, the year ends.

And finally, the year ends.

December 31, 2016 |  Category:   life

Couldn’t close out the year without checking in despite the fact that I haven’t been writing here much. It wouldn’t have seemed right if I didn’t. This is an image from the summer that I hadn’t posted yet, of the sunset this summer when the sun aligns down the canyon of the East-West streets of Manhattan. So much of life these days is about capturing these moments collectively, which is a rather positive spin on the fact that there is no denying that we live much of our lives through our phone screens. Life was one big blur the last 4 months. I was head down much of the time with freelance work, so much so that it felt like… CONTINUE READING

the fondest of memories of those we have lost are often found in food

the fondest of memories of those we have lost are often found in food

December 8, 2016 |  Category:   family life remembering

Some life events happen in such a way that when you look back, it makes you wonder how the universe orchestrates details that make moments poignant in retrospect. This is what happened this summer when Mark’s dad passed away. But let me tell you first about oysters because this is what I remember most – how he loved them, but also the most vivid memory of eating raw oysters with him in Alaska. I’m sure I’ve had raw oysters before as a child, but just coming out of being a vegetarian for all of my adult life and introducing seafood back into my diet, the experience of eating the freshest, just shucked oysters outdoors in Alaska where he lived at… CONTINUE READING

And here we are

And here we are

November 18, 2016 |  Category:   life

I didn’t mean to be so silent here after the election, but after actively engaging in conversations on social media immediately following the results, I think I needed to step back after the initial shock and anger. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still angry and disappointed that Trump is our president-elect, but the initial numbness and shock of last Wednesday has finally worn off and now I’m feeling overwhelmed at the sheer number of articles, essays and opinions that are flying across my feeds everyday. I needed to shut everything off for awhile and refocus on life (which has gotten very overwhelming if I’m being honest). It also seemed wrong not to address the election here, so I’m just going… CONTINUE READING

reawakening the inner artist

reawakening the inner artist

November 1, 2016 |  Category:   art + design life me

In many ways, this year hasn’t gone the way that I thought it might. I’m not sure what I expected when my start up job ended back in May and I transitioned back to freelance and our bakery biz, but I thought I would have more time than I ended up having. But as it goes, you can neither predict nor totally control life. There are many things that I can’t cross off my list this year, but the one thing I can cross off is that I’ve started to draw and paint again. I wasn’t even sure I knew how anymore, but as it turns out, drawing is a bit like riding a bike – you never really forget… CONTINUE READING

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

Watkins Glen. Waterfall magic in upstate NY.

October 19, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

When we visited Letchworth State Park earlier in the year, we could only imagine how beautiful it must be in the Fall when the leaves turned golden. We didn't return to that particular park on a recent trip upstate, but New York in the Finger Lakes region is so abundant with gorges and waterfalls that visiting all the state parks in the region will keep us busy for years. About 4 hours north of NYC, just south of Seneca Lake, is Watkins Glen. The centerpiece of the park is the narrow gorge which was carved by glaciers. Waterfalls cascade down in a series of pools and the gorge trail is an intricate walkway of stone steps and bridges along the… CONTINUE READING

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